A Buried Entrance

With a road of Roper Mountain Estates (RME) subdivision conveniently lining up with the private Luest Road, the subdivision chose to have only one legitimate entrance (see their later meeting minutes below where they say that legally, “RME is fine with only one entrance”) and to cover the larger entrance with a mound of dirt (see also photos below), and forced everyone to start using this narrow road, Luest Road (Roper Mtn Ct), as one of their entrances. Notice that their are no houses at the end of the resulting quiet dead end at the end of Meadowsweet Lane, where former County Councilman Dana Sullivan’s address is. (RME meeting minutes below claim that only one entrance was required at the time, but was the one-entrance rule really the law at that time, or was it just custom-made by Councilman Dana Sullivan just for his subdivision?) This is not the way a real cul-de-sac is made. Someone in the subdivision chose to have one entrance, but many subdivision residents complained that the private road they hijacked is too narrow and dangerous and that they need two legitimate entrances. They didn’t bulldoze the mound of dirt off their own entrance but instead wrote dozens of form letters to the County to try to use your money to widen the road they hijacked. You know why? County Councilman Jim Burns lives in the subdivision. They have not yet gotten everything they wanted. They haven’t yet used your tax money to widen the road. Is it because there is no budget for it? Or it would be illegal? But without an easement or right-of-way, isn’t making a private road into a one-way street illegal? (A hearing to decide how best to take away the right of the politically unconnected shouldn’t occur, if it ever did.After all, how much power do one or two owners have compared to an entire subdivision and a county councilman. Anyway, a FOIA request turned up no such evidence.)

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As traffic on the road steadily increased, concerns about the unsuitability of this road also began to grow. Greenville County Engineer, Judy Wortkoetter, admitted in a 2001 Greenville News article that “the county owns no right of way” on our road, and there is no easement on our road. The subdivision admitted in its September 2008 Homeowners Meeting Minutes that:
[County Engineer] “Hesha [Gamble] presented four different ways to configure an entrance at the end of Meadowsweet Lane where it would connect to Snipes Road should RME wish to open this up.  This used to be an entranceway in the past. RME does not have to add any new entrances.” Yet in October 2008, Greenville County declared our road to be a one-way street, making it impossible for us to return home without driving over a mile through convoluted paths through RME subdivision – a trip we could avoid by driving literally two seconds on our own road.

How did this state of affairs come about? Well, first, understand that Greenville County Councilman James F. Burns lives in the subdivision. The subdivision began by borrowing our private road without our consent, and now we are being forced to borrow a mile of the subdivision just to get home every day. This is inconvenient, an enormous waste of our time, and a sizeable financial burden as well.

Although the County admitted in the 2001 Greenville News article that the County has “no right of way” on our road, that didn’t stop them from digging it up and acting as if it was. We have our opposition to this known and were never answered. The only response we received was a letter from Professional Engineer Ed Hughes on January 28, 2000.

In the following 2008 meeting minutes of Roper Mountain Estates subdivision, someone asks if the people at the end of Meadowsweet, where the main entrance used to be, could be compensated so they can reopen it. Why compensate them? Do they pay a higher HOA fee than the rest of you? Why was the large entrance closed and the small entrance left open on Marigold. What’s more, the small Marigold entrance is even farther from Roper Mountain Road!

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